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The Beatles Get Back documentary and chamber music

Edited: December 27, 2021, 3:23 PM · We’ve been binge watching the Beatles Get Back (alas just out on Disney+) this week. It is spellbinding watching them struggle and create the melody, the lyrics, and gradually, bit by bit, pull together almost from thin air, their songs for the ages like Let it Be. And then as they rehearse hours, days, weeks on end, composing the ensemble aspects, once they have the tunes (when the drums should come in, when to do the chord shifts) and practicing. I watch this admittedly as a Beatles fan, but also in the context of loving playing violin in my new amateur very traditional classical quartet (where we are playing Haydn and Borodin so far, thanks to all of your recommendations). There are similarities, like when they all stop and tune, when they tinker with who should play louder or quieter. But especially I feel as a similarity, that wonderful indescribable amazing feeling when everything comes together and the music feels like it is its own living, moving entity, much more than the sum of its parts, and you look at each other when you finish and know something special just happened. This must transcend genre and ability too, to a large extent. I guess this is why people play music together. I wonder if others watched this and feel this parallel or similarity.

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December 28, 2021, 3:31 PM · You and your quartet might also like to play Fritz Spiegl's "Eine kleine Beatlemusic" - but you may have to learn or write down the parts from the vinyl, as i don't know where you can get a printed score from.
December 28, 2021, 4:14 PM · My teacher (viola) is on tour with the Bootleg Beatles at the moment.
January 27, 2022, 8:39 AM · This is the basis of musical learning and performance. For every minute of performance there have to be hours of, for lack of a better word, practice. This is true on the individual as well as the group level.

Perhaps this is what separates the professionals from the rest of us. The professionals have spend thousands of hours perfecting their skills so that rehearsals leading to performance are shorter.

The youth orchestra where my wife an I volunteer as music librarians and assist the youngest orchestra with tuning and setting up, requires many hours of rehearsal time before performing.

At the opposite extremes are the professional orchestras that use the rehearsal time to polish their interactions and quickly get to performance level.

Chamber groups that spend lots of time polishing before performing building a body of music they perform with virtuosic skill.

Still, it is many hours of individual and group practice for minutes in front of an audience or recording studio.

Thinking about this makes me understand Glenn Gould better - practice to the recording but never a live audience.

My professional life was much the same - hours of reading and digesting information before standing before a client to assist them with their Supply Chain Management issues.

The best in their professions put in time that none of their audiences/clients ever see or even realize. Not everyone has the drive to put in all that alone time to perfect their craft. Those that do are the "Greats".

January 27, 2022, 11:16 AM · I love the part where Paul is just starting to compose 'Get Back'. George and Ringo look bored and George is yawning. There is a point where it nearly becomes a blues but Paul get distracted and abandons the 5 chord! It illustrates how creativity is messy and the fragility of ideas at their conception.
January 27, 2022, 11:16 AM · I love the part where Paul is just starting to compose 'Get Back'. George and Ringo look bored and George is yawning. There is a point where it nearly becomes a blues but Paul get distracted and abandons the 5 chord! It illustrates how creativity is messy and the fragility of ideas at their conception.

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